Jurisprudence: A Beginner's Simple and Practical Guide to Complex Legal Theory
Allen R. Kamp
The John Marshall Law School
January 15, 2009
An introduction to jurisprudence, the part of legal studies that attempts to construct a theory of law: what it is, how it functions, and what it should be. Jurisprudence deals with the history, philosophy, and sociology of the law. Legal authorities-cases and statutes-are written and interpreted, consciously or unconsciously, with the use of jurisprudential concepts. Jurisprudence is a theoretical subject, but it can provide practical insights on how to read and understand these authorities.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: Jurisprudence, legal theory, Legal Formanlism, Legal Realism, plain meaning
Date posted: January 15, 2009 ; Last revised: February 4, 2009